Agrarianism promises a path toward wholeness with the earth, with each other, and with God, a path founded upon an insight into our proper place within the wider universe.
No doubt, an argument for agrarian life will sound old-fashioned. Most of us, after all, are urbanites, and so represent the culmination of a migratory trend that is unparalleled in human history. The exodus from country to city, now accomplished in “developed” countries and well on its way in the rest of the world, is seen by many as the necessary prerequisite for human freedom and progress. But given the enormity of implication and consequence that follows from a loss of intimate and practical connection with the earth (consider the general ignorance about our interdependence with other organisms), should we not at least pause to consider the cultural significance of the eclipse of agrarian sensibilities?
Norman Wirzba, from the Introduction to The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry